We have all heard the phrase “make it count” but do we really know what it means. When you hear the words make it count, you might be thinking that you should make your life count for something, focus on the positive and live each day to the fullest. All of those phrases are true. However, I want to offer a different perspective on making it count.
When I hear the words “make it count” I focus on three key areas, which are, resources, time and opportunity. When I think about resources, I want you to focus on the people that exist within your inner circle, and the talent and skills that you possess that support your goals. Also, I want you to focus on the excitement and passion that you receive from helping others and the motivation that comes from making your life count.
When you think about time, I want you to make sure you are not wasting time, but maximizing every moment. When you maximize your time, you can focus on your goals, time with family, time for business, work or school, and time for serious self reflection. You recognize the importance of time management, and you prioritize your tasks wisely. Also, you recognize the need to volunteer your time to meaningful and purposeful pursuits and not wasteful meanderings. The reason why I am hammering this point home is becuase, time is a precious commodity. Understanding this fact, we should all examine how we spend our time as it relates to achieving our goals, and maximizing our living. My mind goes to a famous quote, which states, “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”- Benjamin Franklin.
Finally, I think about opportunity, and its relationship to preparation. Opportunity allows you to do something. The key to taking advantage of opportunity, is the preparation that takes place beforehand. Therefore, as you think about the goals you want to achieve, ask yourself this question. How am I preparing for my opportunities? For example, if you own your own business, what is the elevator pitch that you will give when you run into a perspective client? If you are looking for a new job, how can you define your skills, when asked by an interviewer. If you are a minister, waiting to preach your next sermon, are you ready?
My mind goes to the workshops and courses I teach on leadership, human resources management, small business administration and leadership. Without preparation, I would not be able to deliver training at the highest level, or at any given moment. I had to prepare myself to take advantage of these opportunities.
As you navigate this year, I want you to focus on “making it count” by examining your resources, your time, and your opportunities. When you maximize these three areas, you are opening the door to maximizing your living and “making it count.”
Best wishes for success,
Dr. Regina Banks-Hall